India lost the first Test by 72 runs © Getty Images
India lost the first Test by 72 runs © Getty Images

India lost the opening Test of the three-match series by 72 runs. Vernon Philander recorded his career-best figures of 6 for 42 as the host got India all out for 135 in the pursuit of 208. Virender Sehwag thinks that India have 30 per cent chance for making a comeback.

‘It is going to be very tough’

“As of now, it looks like only 30 per cent chance is there of making a comeback. It is going to be very tough from now on. Also the Indian team management should look whether conditions at the Centurion warrant a place for Ravichandran Ashwin,” Sehwag told India TV.

Sehwag believes that India should go with Ajinkya Rahane and play an extra batsmen. He is of the opinion that India should go in with six specialist batsmen and four bowlers.

“India can go in with an extra batsman in Ajinkya Rahane.”

They should also try to go in with four specialist bowlers. If India want to win, Virat and Rohit will need to play a big role.”

Sehwag advised the batsmen to play straight and look to leave deliveries outside off. He also mentioned about the bounce and that players should be ready to take some blows.

“Don’t fiddle with deliveries outside the off-stump will be my advise to the batsmen. Play as straight as possible.

Your go-to shots should be straight drive and flick. Get prepared to be hurt by some short stuff. Rather than trying to fend off short balls, get prepared to take blows on your body,” Sehwag’s advised.

“The tennis ball bounce in South Africa means that it will be very difficult for any batsman to get bowled. So one needs to stay positive and try to score runs at the rate of at least three runs per over,” he concluded.